Lead singer Simon Lebon marched with a certain swagger all the way to front of the stage and stared at the audience with an intense look without even a hint of a smile. Part of his charm has always been his dramatic quirkiness - which has translated to his persona as well as the fantastic music he writes for Duran Duran. The band kicked off with "Wild Boys" - which today, sounds like a reference to what they used to be when they first took the world by storm. The hits rolled for around ninety minutes with not a single moment of "filler". The setlist revisited the most commercially successful endeavors from their legacy - including songs from albums such as "Rio", "Notorious", "The Wedding Album", "All You Need Is now" and "Astronaut". - [Radiocremebrulee.com]
New Wave survivors Duran Duran played two sold-out nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre over the weekend (August 1 & 2). While they have a new, guest-filled album due out in September, the band mostly stuck to the hits, opening with "Wild Boys" and cranking through the lion's share of their '80s MTV-era hits. They did play new single "Pressure Off" and did "Election Day" by spinoff band Arcadia, as well. Setlists differed a little between the two nights and you can check out both and pictures from Saturday's show (including a few of opener Penguin Prison) in this post.
Duran Duran's show at South Street Seaport was canceled but they are playing Nile Rodgers' two-day FOLD Festival in Riverhead, NY on Wednesday (8/5). The Long Island fest also includes Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae (who sings on "Pressure Off"), Grandmaster Melle Mel (whose "White Lines" Duran Duran cover), Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra and Chic. Rodgers is promising a unique festival experience, as he told Entertainment Weekly:
"With FOLD Festival I curate the artists and I curate the playlist as well, to a large extent," Rodgers tells EW by phone as he prepares for the event, which has a lineup that includes Beck, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams and Chic itself. "What winds up happening is that you are bombarded with hit records from the moment you walk in the door, you just hear hit after hit after hit after hit."
Tuesday's FOLD Fest (8/4) lineup features Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold. Tickets to both nights of FOLD Fest are still available. More pictures of Saturday's Duran Duran show at Capital Theatre are below...
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